The historian tells you what happened.

     The novelist will tell you what it felt like.

                                        -E.L. Doctorow

Alison's Newsletter on Writing & Publishing

Alison Taylor-BrownAcross oceans and centuries, my novels follow characters changed by events as drastic as a plague or as small as a thought. I love history, especially those periods, like the sixteenth century, that changed man’s entire way of thinking. I’ve spent years understanding this era, and my novel Line of Ascent is about a man and a woman caught in history’s grip.

My stories are important, but so are yours. I founded the Village Writing School to teach people how to write their stories in the most engaging way. When I’m speaking at a conference on the power of words or teaching a workshop on subtext, I’m thinking how important some of the stories in that audience may be.

Beyond writing and teaching, I try to be a good person because the greatest act of creation is to fashion a beautiful life.

Avoiding a Massive Rewrite

In my last article, I talked about hiring an editor. Today, I want to talk about working with an editor on conception rather than after-the-fact editing. When I began to work with my editor, I expected her to cut some history and perhaps rearrange some scenes. But,... read more

How to Find an Editor

In my last article, I talked about hiring an editor, and I warned you against hiring an editor. Say what? Many people have had horrible experiences with freelance editors. They’ve spent thousands of dollars to end up with a book far different from their original... read more

An Editor!

If you follow me on FaceBook, you know I recently went to Boston to meet with an editor. I promised to document my writing journey in this blog—complete with rejections—so here’s the story. I got rejected again. (But it’s not all bad–read on.)... read more